Carnegie Hall Presents

Carnegie Hall Classics

This popular series celebrates the continuum of extraordinary musical interpreters. World-class Arab and Israeli musicians unite to perform two Beethoven symphonies, Renée Fleming stars as Blanche DuBois in a semi-staged performance of André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and the compelling violinist Lisa Batiashvili performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the revered Staatskapelle Dresden.

February 3, 2013
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
March 14, 2013
A Streetcar Named Desire
April 17, 2013
Staatskapelle Dresden

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 3, 2013 | 2 PM


West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano
Kate Lindsey, Mezzo-Soprano
Piotr Beczala, Tenor
René Pape, Bass
Westminster Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller, Conductor


Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 9
As one of its members aptly puts it, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is “a human laboratory that can express to the whole world how to cope with each other.” Established in 1999 as a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries, the group is celebrated for its interpretations of Beethoven, which exude “youthful gusto and enthusiasm” (The Independent, London). On this program, it performs Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 2 and 9.


Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Presto)

Warner Classics

A Streetcar Named Desire

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, March 14, 2013 | 7 PM


Renée Fleming, Soprano (Blanche DuBois)
Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Baritone (Stanley Kowalski)
Susanna Phillips, Soprano (Stella Kowalski)
Anthony Dean Griffey, Tenor (Harold Mitchell, "Mitch")
Victoria Livengood, Mezzo-Soprano (Eunice Hubbell)
Dominic Armstrong, Tenor (Steve Hubbell)
Andrew Bidlack, Tenor (A Young Collector)
Georga Osborne (Nurse)
Bill Nabel (Doctor)
Brad Heikes, Brendan Irving, Kevin Reed, Patrick Stoffer, Brett Zubler (Men of New Orleans)
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Patrick Summers, Conductor
Brad Dalton, Director
Alan Adelman, Lighting Designer
Johann Stegmeir, Costume Designer


ANDRÉ PREVIN A Streetcar Named Desire (semi-staged performance) (NY Premiere)

“I depend on the kindness of strangers …” Renée Fleming originated the role of Blanche DuBois in a searing performance at the premiere of André Previn’s beautiful opera based on the Tennessee Williams classic. Now she returns to this signature role in its first complete New York performance. This semi-staged production features lighting, costumes, and an all-star cast, making it an extraordinary evening.

Please note that due to illness Jane Bunnell will not take part in this performance. Carnegie Hall is grateful to Victoria Livengood for agreeing to perform the role of Eunice on very short notice.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.


André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire ("I Can Smell the Sea Air")

San Francisco Opera Orchestra | André Previn, Conductor | Renée Fleming, Soprano
Deutsche Grammophon

Staatskapelle Dresden

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 8 PM


Staatskapelle Dresden
Christian Thielemann, Principal Conductor
Lisa Batiashvili, Violin


Academic Festival Overture
Violin Concerto
Symphony No. 4
Referring to a recent performance by violinist Lisa Batiashvili, Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote that “she seems to have everything it takes for a major career: thorough musicianship, virtuosity, charisma, and a lovely stage presence.” The young Georgian violinist joins the Staatskapelle Dresden and conductor Christian Thielemann for an all-Brahms evening.


Brahms's Concerto for Violin in D Major, Op. 77 (Allegro non troppo)

Batiashvili Staatskapelle Dresden Thielemann
Brahms's Symphony No. 4 (Andante moderato) 

Cleveland Orchestra | George Szell, Conductor